CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE
Regular Meeting of the City Council
Monday, March 4, 2013
City Hall, Windmill Village
1. CALL REGULAR MEETING TO ORDER
Mayor Grassi called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
2. ROLL CALL AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Roll call was taken by the City Clerk as follows:
Councilmember Belleci Present
Councilmember Choiniere Present
Councilmember Figueroa Present
Councilmember Keel Present
Councilmember Nye Present
Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey Present
Mayor Grassi Present
Staff present: City Manager Sugg, Executive Director/ACM Craig, City Attorney Victor, Parks, Recreation and Public Works Director Cooper, Police Chief Blair, Paralegal Grover, Recreation Supervisor Alexander, Principal Planner Briske, City Engineer Ecklund, IT/Communications Manager Seesz, and City Clerk Genetia.
Boy Scout Troop 148 led the pledge of allegiance.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION: By Councilmember Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the minutes of January 26, 2013, February 4, 2013, February 11, 2013 and February 25, 2013 as submitted.
The motion carried.
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to approve the agenda.
The motion carried.
Citizens Taking Action Against Crime – Police Chief Blair presented the Citizens Taking Action Against Crime Award to Larry Capps for his effort and action in assisting the police with the apprehension and arrest of the person involved in the Day Island robbery.
Charles Wright Academy Athletic Achievements – Mayor Grassi presented proclamations to Charles Wright Academy Boys’ Cross-Country Team, Football Team, and Tennis Team champions in recognition of their hard work, talent, dedication and athletic achievements.
Curtis High School 50th Anniversary – Councilmember Keel presented a proclamation to the graduating class of 1962 in recognition of the University Place School District’s 50th year of continued commitment and dedication to quality education.
Youth Council Report – Parks and Recreation Commissioner Robbie Jordan reported on the success of the Daddy-Daughter Dance event hosted by the University Place Youth Council. Recreation Supervisor Alexander commended Robbie for his leadership and thanked the volunteers for their hard work.
Images of America, University Place - Arne Handeland, author of the book “University Place” talked about University Place’s historical information and significance.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS – Phil Hoffman, 3613 Tahoma Place West; and Scott Teodoro, Harbor Greens.
7. COUNCIL/COMMISSION COMMENT
Council Comments – Councilmember Belleci reported on the following: Pierce County Regional Council’s (PCRC) General Assembly presentation topics, 2013 work plan and focus, legislative agenda, and selection of subcommittee members: Councilmember Choiniere in the Transportation Committee; Councilmember Keel in the Budget Committee and the U.S. Open Communications Committee; and herself in the PCRC Organizational Committee. She also provided copies of Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County’s Annual Report, highlighting its goals and objectives for 2013. Lastly, she reminded the Council of the upcoming Partner UP event.
Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey reminded the public that the next Environmental Fair will be held on April 27 in conjunction with the spring plant sale and flower show.
Councilmember Keel provided an update on the Pierce Transit Board service reduction plan.
Councilmember Figueroa thanked Councilmembers Belleci, Choiniere and Keel for taking leadership roles in representing the City at Pierce County Regional Council.
Commission Reports – Planning Commission Chair Cliff Quisenberry updated Council on the Commission’s current undertakings.
Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Jim Baldes inquired about the current status on the Commission appointment, Kobayashi House, and park naming.
Public Safety Commission member Phil Hoffman reported on the Commission’s recent workshop.
8. CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Sugg reported on Harbor Greens’ grand opening and commented on the positive economic impact the store has made in the community.
9A-9D. CONSENT AGENDA
MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 01/31/13, signed and dated 02/14/13, check nos. 317363 through 317383, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Fifty-Two Thousand Five Hundred Thirty and 29/100 Dollars ($252,530.29); Claims dated 02/15/13, signed 02/14/13, check nos. 47912 through 47918 (2012 invoices), in the total amount of Sixty-Four Thousand Two Hundred Fifty-One and 60/100 Dollars ($64,251.60); Claims dated 02/15/13, signed 02/14/13, check nos. 47910 through 47911; 47919 through 47958 (2013 invoices), in the total amount of Four Hundred Ninety-Two Thousand Six Hundred Thirty and 31/100 Dollars ($492,630.31).
B. Receive and File: City Manager’s 2013 Review.
C. Approve application for renewal of Liquor License for Quickstop Mart and Miyoshi Japanese Restaurant.
D. Authorize the City Manager to award the landscape maintenance service contract to At Work! in the amount of $93,353.86 for 2013 and $95,177.18 for 2014 and execute all necessary contract documents.
The motion carried.
10 & 11. PUBLIC HEARING: MULTI-FAMILY PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT
Staff Report - City Attorney Victor explained the statutory requirements for the public hearing. He presented the proposal to create a Property Tax Abatement Program within the Town Center Overlay Zone. The program is intended to incentivize the creation of multi-family units in a designated residential targeted area, providing temporary property tax abatement for eight (8) years to developers of multi-family projects in the designated area.
Included for Council consideration were an ordinance that would implement the multi-family property tax abatement program and designate the Town Center Overlay Zone as a residential targeted area; a resolution that would designate the Town Center Overlay Zone urban center as a residential targeted area; and another resolution that would amend Resolution No. 633 to include the establishment of fees for application, amendment and appeal of the program.
Public Comment – None
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to pass an ordinance adopting a multi-family property tax abatement program in a designated residential targeted area of the City, adopt a resolution designating the Town Center Overlay Zone urban center as a residential targeted area, and adopt a resolution amending Resolution No. 633, establishing fees for application, amendment and appeal.
The motion carried. (ORDINANCE NO. 619), (RESOLUTION NO. 712), (RESOLUTION NO. 713)
12. UP CROSSING PROPERTY EXCHANGE
Staff Report – City Attorney Victor presented the proposed Development Agreement for an exchange of property that would allow the owners of UP Crossing to make improvements to the commercial center. In
the Agreement, the City will convey the 27th Street property to the owners for the parking lot improvements, and in exchange, the developer will construct a sidewalk and frontage improvements on Regents Boulevard, and convey to the City certain real property at the corner of Regents and 67th Street.
Public Comment – None
Council Consideration – MOTION: By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to adopt a resolution approving a Development Agreement between the City of University Place and Donald C. Helland, 110-12 Tacoma Avenue North, LLC and Elmwood, LLC, and authorize the City Manager to take and execute any additional measures or documents that may be necessary to complete this transaction.
The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 714)
13. MAYOR'S REPORT
Mayor Grassi reported that he, along with IT/Communications Manager Linda Seesz attended the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) 16th CAB fleet ceremony. He also conveyed a message about a campaign to raise awareness of the environmental challenges that everyone faces.
At 8:00 p.m., Council took a five-minute break before recessing to Study Session. The meeting resumed to Study Session at 8:12 p.m.
14. CLICK! NETWORK FRANCHISE AGREEMENT
City Attorney Victor provided information on the City’s franchise agreement with Click! Network. He presented a proposed ordinance that would extend the Agreement for an additional two years to allow the City to determine its needs in the context of a changing technical environment,
including the relocation of Pierce County TV facilities and the potential relocation of the City offices to the new Library/Civic building to be addressed in a future agreement. The recommended two-year extension will also allow for a study of the City’s needs in terms of governmental programming, including the potential for PCTV to commence digital broadcasting in its new location.
15. LOT 10 DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
City Attorney Victor presented the proposed Development Agreement between the City and SEB, Inc. for the development of the Lot 10 garage and the new Latitude 47 Mixed Use Building on Town Center Lot 10. The agreement would also provide for the privately funded construction of an additional minimum 12,000 square feet of commercial retail space and a minimum of 120 market rate residential units that would complete the Town Center garage and Town Center core.
9:03 p.m., MOTION: By Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to extend the meeting to 9:15 p.m.
The motion carried.
The meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m. No other action was taken.